History is Hard (For Stupid People)

Okay, almost everyone knows by now that Trump cited the sacking of the White House in 1812 for why Canada is a potential national security threat and thus, worthy of tariffs.

But there was some more international relations stupid that was less reported from the gang that couldn’t govern straight.

State Department spokesman Heather Nauert cites D-Day as a sample of what a great relationship the U.S. has with Germany. 

“We have a very strong relationship with the government of Germany,” Nauert said. “Looking back in the history books, today is the 71st anniversary of the speech that announced the Marshall Plan. Tomorrow is the anniversary of the D-Day invasion. We obviously have a very long history with the government of Germany, and we have a strong relationship with the government of Germany.”
Nauert’s comment came during a press briefing Tuesday after she was asked about controversial remarks by the US ambassadors to Germany and Israel.

I’m actually going to give Trump a tiny bit of smart ass credit on his answer which may be more glib than just plain stupid.  I’m sure that in one of his early new job orientation sessions upon moving into the WH, some historian told him about the burning of the WH.  He paid just enough attention to remember that it happened and who can keep Britain and Canada straight?  They’re so interchangeably white, which you’d think he’d be okay with.  In any case it’s so long ago, who cares who really did it.  It was a smart ass answer that he could high five with Kelly about afterwards.

For the State Dept. spokesman to cite one of the most famous attacks of WWII comprising an all out allied invasion against Germany, as evidence of our long and strong relationship, seems less smart ass and more like word association.

Just wait, at some point they will cite the bombing of Hiroshima as a great exemplar of our special relationship with Japan.

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